Westworld, Futureworld, and Beyond Westworld are a series of movies and a short-lived TV series set on a mixed-themed adult amusement park called Delos, with android actors as its attraction. In Westworld, Delos featured three parks: Westworld - a spaghetti western theme park; Medievalworld - a semi-historical Medieval Europe theme park; and Romanworld - a semi-historical pre-Christian Rome theme park. After the events of the first movie (an android cowboy malfunctions and kills staffers and guests), Westworld is abandoned and replaced by Futureworld, which simulates an orbiting space station. The TV series Beyond Westworld, revolved around an evil scientist with plans to use the robots in Delos to try to take over the world. The androids in Delos are build with a balance between the ease of maintenance and level of social interaction, with the former being used as stock extras and the latter being the most human-like.
As a Mutant Future scenario, a "Westworld" would be an adventure site based around an old amusement theme-park where costumed androids continue to act out in their per-programed identities. They may or may not be aware of their own state. There maybe those who are too into the immersion, to the point of being dangerous to anyone living or out of costume/character. There maybe those who gained enough self-awareness to figure that there is not something right about their world.
The "theme" could be anything, form historical periods, to fictional settings and genre. The end result would be a fabricated enviroment and community that contrasts with the wastelands that highlights a post-apocalyptic setting. This enviroment can be full of dangers, treasures, as well as an opportunity to engage in some interesting storytelling.
Examples of Westworlds in FictionEdit
- In Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, Kamandi finds himself in Chicagoland, a themed park full of mobsters, lawmen and speakeasies.
- Star Trek features a number of worlds built around specific historical Earth eras — they are typically called "Planet of Hats" by fans, as the inhabitants usually sport Jerry-helmits (the Nazi planet), Centenarian Helmets (the Roman planet) or fedoras (the mobster plant and possibly the hipster plant — but they were sporting the fedoras before the mob plant made it hip). In fact, the Holodeck form Star Trek: The Next Generation was created to accommodate these scenarios. (Holodecks are the vary apex of what Delos was striding for in Westworld.)
- In Stargate Infinity (an animated version of Stargate SG1), had an alien-built museum designed to simulate a number major Earth governments up to the American Revolution. In this scenario, the exhibits are at war, with Julius Caesar of Rome and Napoleon Bonaparte of France being the major two factions.
- The Stepford Wives is a 1950's-stlyed gated community that replaces their normal wives with android or cyborg replicas. (Although, the premise and horror presented in The Stepford Wives was about the fear of women loosing their rights in the Women's Lib era of the '70s, and a general comparison of the post-war domestic life as form of Disneyland -- a facade of domestic bliss.)